facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Iran big winner in Iraq so far

March 8, 2007 at 10:04 PM   |   Comments

BAGHDAD, March 8 (UPI) -- Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis agree on one thing -- the big winner so far in the bitter sectarian strife in their country is Iran.

"America handed Iraq to Iran on a golden plate," Saleh al-Mutlaq, a Sunni politician, told the Chicago Tribune. "Everything Iran fought for in the Iran-Iraq war, America gave to it when it invaded."

Vali Nasr, an Iranian-born scholar who teaches at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., agrees.

"For Iran, the war in Iraq turned out to be a strategic windfall," he wrote in the journal Foreign Affairs.

In 2001, the Shiite government in Iran was flanked by hostile Sunni regimes -- Saddam Hussein on the west and the Taliban in Afghanistan to the east. The United States removed both.

Now, many Shiite leaders in the Iraqi government are men who spent years as refugees in Iran and Iranian arms are turning up across the border.

Topics: Vali Nasr
© 2007 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Brady Morton's body discovered three days after Port Huron Float Down
2
Boko Haram overruns Nigerian police academy
3
Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out
4
Oil spill reported in North Dakota
5
U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback